For many, pet allergies mean no pets, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This is important because millions of families face some difficult decisions when confronted with the sudden onset of pet allergies, especially when the sufferer is a child. Since there is no simple cure for pet allergies, many believe that the only solution is to remove the pet from the home. The truth, however, is that pet allergies are manageable, and people can lead extremely comfortable lives with pets in their homes. Doing so however requires some understanding and some prevention techniques. The actual allergen is not the pet itself but the tiny proteins present in the pet’s dander and saliva. Without proper prevention, these proteins collect everywhere, especially on bedding, clothing and upholstered furniture. In fact, those with severe pet allergies can experience a severe attack just by brushing up against a pet owner. Here are some tips that will help:
Use A HEPA Air Purifier.
The best way to manage our allergies, whether they are pet-based or otherwise, is to ensure that the irritants aren’t in the air we breathe. A HEPA air purifier removes 99.97% of all airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size. Animal dander is extremely lightweight and tiny in size (approx. 2.5 microns) and can stay airborne for hours. By operating a HEPA air purifier that is the appropriate size for the room, pet dander and other airborne allergens are effectively filtered out of the air.
Vacuum Frequently Using A HEPA Filter.
Dust traps allergens and toxins and then emits them over time. So you want to dust frequently, preferably with a damp cloth, and you want to vacuum after you dust. A conventional vacuum is unable to trap the smallest particles, and therefore it just recirculates them. A vacuum with a HEPA filter is far more efficient.
Allergy-Proof Your Home.
Avoid dust traps, such as shelves with knick knacks. Prefer hardwood flooring to carpets and rugs. Change filters regularly, and on occasion, ensure that the house is well sealed and well ventilated and that the AC unit and air ducts are clean. Place brush-off mats at the inside and outside of each entryway.
Choose Your Pets Wisely.
When we talk about pets and allergies, most people think dogs and cats because that’s what most people prefer. Some people have tastes that are more exotic, and you have to be careful with that. For instance, rodents, including hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs, give off potent allergens that can cause much more severe reactions. Keep in mind that a a truly allergy-free pet does not exist
Wash Your Hands Frequently.
Believe it or not, we transfer more allergens to ourselves by touching our noses and mouths than we do directly through breathing. The best way to defend against that is to make it a habit of washing and moisturizing our hands more frequently. Be particularly thorough right after you’ve touched the pet.
Give Your Pet A Weekly Bath.
You can keep your pet’s allergen production in check by bathing them frequently, preferably outdoors. Wash and then brush thoroughly before reentering the home. Frequent bathing can be harsh on the immune systems of pets, so be sure to consult a vet. There are shampoos available that will let you bathe the pet more frequently without harming them.
Wash Pet Bedding Frequently.
The pet’s bedding is where most of the dander collects, so it’s best to wash the bedding each time you give the pet a bath. In addition, rather than buy expensive bedding, buy nice yet less expensive bedding so that you can change it out more frequently.
Create A Safe Haven.
Your bedroom should be a safe haven, but you should also have one other room in the home that serves as a safety zone. In order to be a safety zone, keep it particularly clean, put pillows and the like in allergen-free casings and keep the pets out of the area.
How HEPA Filtration Works
Scientists developed HEPA filtration during the Manhattan Project and it still satisfies the standards set forth by the United States Department of Energy. It works by forcing air through randomly arranged fibers, at which point three processes take place: interception, impaction and diffusion.
At interception stage small granules are captured and removed.
During impaction large granules are captured and in diffusion both small and large granules are captured and not allowed to reenter the atmosphere
This is the most interesting of the three. The smallest particles are hit with gas molecules forcing them into the filter fibers in order to trap them.
The Benefits of HEPA Filtration
The working principle of HEPA filter is thorough cleaning of the air that passes thru the filter. That clean air is beneficial to our health. People suffering from allergies must have clean air to have safe environment. Tobacco smoke, pet dander and dust are all removed from the air as it passes through the HEPA filter. This effective removal of airborne allergies means a cleaner environment for allergy sufferers. As people spend more time indoors due to work or other factors it is important that the indoor air is clean and healthy to breathe. In addition, HEPA removes particles that studies have shown to increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory ailments and so forth.
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